Set in busting
Temple Bar district in Dublin's center
to most city center attractions
Homey rooms with
upscale amenities and triple-glazed windows
bathrooms with walk-in showers
minibar items, and espresso machines
Wi-Fi free throughout
Set above a
Rooms prone to noise
The upper-middle-range Merchant
House consists of four rooms that overlook a narrow cobblestone street in the
popular Temple Bar district in central Dublin. While the location is buzzing
and plenty of tourist attractions are within easy reach, nightlife can be noisy --
even with triple-glazed windows. Rooms are sumptuous yet homey with plenty of amenities such as underfloor bathroom heating and minibar prices that won't make you wince. For guests seeking nothing
more than a well-equipped room with character, this is a decent option. On-site
dining plus river views for around the same price are
available the Clarence nearby -- though rooms are plain in comparison.
Housed in early Georgian town house above retail outlet
While the small,
unassuming doorway of the Merchant House is easy to miss, it sits under
the same sign as a less-than-inconspicuous neighboring fetish store. Built
in 1720 and restored in 2005, the building is a classic example of an early Georgian town house, and as such there's no elevator between floors. The hotel
actually consists of four luxury suites with no lobby or public areas --
guests must inform the property of their arrival time to ensure staff are there to meet them. While in the busy part of town, once inside the vibe is generally
quiet and mostly sheltered from the raucous passing revelry.
Set in lively
Temple Bar district in central Dublin
The hotel is
located on a narrow cobbled street in the middle of the bustling and popular
"cultural quarter" of Temple Bar in the center of Dublin. There are
numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars in the immediate area, and some of
the city's most vibrant nightspots -- meaning it can get a bit rowdy on the
street when the pubs and clubs close. Most of the capital's main attractions
are within walking distance, with Dublin Castle just two minutes away on foot, Trinity
College five minutes, and Saint Patrick's Cathedral 12 minutes. Grafton Street shopping is about a seven-minute walk from the hotel, while the Guinness Storehouse Museum is a seven-minute drive. The Convention Center Dublin (CCD) is a five- to 10-minute cab ride, while Dublin
Airport is 20 to 30 minutes away by car or taxi.
with a homey vibe and upscale amenities
There are four
spacious and individually styled rooms, each named after a famous Irish writer.
The Bram Stoker room is decked out in sumptuous purple fabrics, with gilded
statuettes and contemporary wood furnishings. Decor in the James Joyce, Oscar
Wilde, and WB Yeats suites tend more toward fresh yet homey styling, with
original fireplaces with exposed brick surrounding them. A scattering of random curios
and knickknacks give the suites the feel of private, if rather fancy,
bedrooms -- though some might find the mishmash a little untidy. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and espresso machines, while minibars
feature reduced-price items. Bathrooms are well-maintained, with
underfloor heating and walk-in showers (though no bathtubs). Windows are triple
glazed to cut down on the nightlife hullabaloo.
The property consists of only the rooms, which limits on-site facilities.
While there are no
facilities aside from the rooms, extras such chocolate and Champagne can be
organized in advance. The hotel also offers a four-course breakfast (for a fee)
a minute walk away in its small restaurant.
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